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Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Commemorative AleHitachino Nest Commemorative Ale

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180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: czechsaaz on 12-24-2007)
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Photo of JayQue


3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy apple cider orange color with a tiny delicate bubbly head that disappears fast. No lacing to speak of. The 2011 version is listed at 8.00% rather than 9.00%.

Smell is average , a hint of spices.

Taste is surprisingly good. The combination of spices and vanilla make this taste almost like a Belgian Tripel - slightly boozy, spicy, a little sweet and rich...the Belgian yeast is the only thing missing.

Mouthfeel is good. Spices play across the tongue. An overall rich beer with a little warming effect of the alcohol.

Overall pretty good. A big flavor even though the aroma is lacking. I would like to see a bit more vigorous head and lacing. Would drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 00:31:54 | More by JayQue
Photo of boudreaux


4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Commemorative Ale 2011

A: pours a frothy, creamy golden color; head pours white about 2 fingers thick; decent carbonation; overall a great looking beer

S: Vanilla? wow, it's right in the nose; hints of spice and citrus sit just underneath the sweetness, with coriander and orange peel reminding me of a witbier

T: practically identical to the smell and even more delicious than expected; cinnamon notes are also present as the beer warms, as is a hint of nutmeg

M: creamy and velvety on the tongue; the carbonation provides a nice contrast to the almost 2% milk-like consistency; so good I make sure it hits every corner of the mouth and tongue

D: very pleasant and smooth; not too heavy; the perfect dessert drink to finish a dinner

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 21:51:14 | More by boudreaux
Photo of jeranbrews


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - deep ruby amber. Low whispy eggshell white head. High clairity. A few small bubbles.

S - very pleasant fruity yeasty initial smells. Banana candy. Lots of bubblegum. Exactly like a bag of big league chewing gum.

T - initial sweet tangy spices show. But then bitter mild hops. A bit more of that bubblegum and a finish of malt. Nice.

M - smooth and fizzy

D - very nice. First time to have this but it's a winner. Sad hitachino has such poor consistency.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 13:10:45 | More by jeranbrews
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330mL bottle, received as part of Amanti Vino's beer of the month club and poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours a hazy orange in my glass. Whatever little amount of white foam initially crowned the beer disappeared *immediately*, very disappointing. The nose is a bit better though, vanilla comes through very prominently. The cinnamon and nutmeg come through a bit as well, with a slight, welcome citrusy aroma from the orange peel and coriander closing things out. That great vanilla note is greatly diminished in the flavor, which hurts the beer a fair bit. It had really provided the foundation for the other spices and influences to come in over the top of in the aroma, and without it there's no real support for the various flavors. The body is solidly middle of the road, appropriately in the background. The carbonation though is way over aggressive, creating a distinct, harsh, fizziness with each sip.I believe this is my third beer from Hitachino Nest, and I still haven't found one that impresses.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 03:08:00 | More by axeman9182
Photo of BARFLYB


2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Orange with a touch of bronze and a small whispy cap that left abruptly, no stick.

S- Oranges, coriander, vanilla, other spices

T- Vanilla, coriander, oranges, other spices. This is for sure a Kiuchi beer, LOL!!

F- Medium, light carb, small linger of alcohol.

D- Glad I split the bottle, not a winner.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 04:13:50 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of oglmcdgl


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into my victory tasting tulip.

A- a small cap of off white head that dissipates quickly leaving only the thinnest of rings around the glass. Hazy dark peach orange in color with a nice glow when held to light.

S- rather simple nose just some spiced banana bread and a good musty yeasty hit. Touches of stone fruits.

T- good bit of spice and earth with a baked good sweetness and some yeasty fruity esters.

M- on the fuller side of medium in body with a light carb that gives a slickness to the feel.

D- another tasty brew from kiuchi I would love to have this on xmas eve with some kind of tasty fall spiced baked good.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 03:35:41 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of madvermin


3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage: 2009 Commemorative Ale.

Poured a dark, cloudy sap brown, with more red than orange. Head is ample, white, and foamy like soap suds. Very fine bubbling and lots of retaining, but next to no lace.

Smells grassy and vaguely spiced, with bits of citrus and nutmeg coming out the most in the smell. Other scents seem to be in the background, but are masked by that first wave of smell.

Taste brings the rest of those to the party, with cinnamon and coriander mixing with a little bit of a raw vanilla bean finish. Orange turns out to be the citrus, and the malts turn semi-sweet into a roasted grain/coffee taste. Everything seems a bit off though, I think because the spices/flavors just don't mesh quite together.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, with a sticky finish. Drinkability is good, although the bombardment of spices may make it a bit overwhelming at times.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 03:46:07 | More by madvermin
Photo of Rmason104


4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a beautiful cloudy golden amber color w/ a thick creamy head...too thick, very active!

S: oh my, the spices hit the nose right away! Perhaps a hint of great things to come?

T: wow! There is a LOT going on here! Starts sweet and caramelly, then the spices come in hitting you w/ coriander, nutmeg, and finishing w/ the roasty malts. The alcohol warmth stays in the background the whole time.

M: thick and chewy and I love it! Like drinking very tasty bread.

D: yeah, I could drink a couple of these! Goes down smooth, but I think it would filling after a while.

Got this as a Christmas present & it's an instant favorite! Research says that it's brewed as a new Year beer. I want to make this a tradition!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 03:45:27 | More by Rmason104
Photo of Gobzilla


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a orangish brown in color with pale yellow highlights that had a 2 finger head that dissipated quite fast and left some good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: a combination of caramel and herbal notes seem to dominate the aroma along with floral, citrusy, spice, sweetness from malts and faint booze.

T: the herbal and caramel notes are more apparent on the palate with some spice, slight brown sugar, earthy, and citrusy accents. It did have a touch of underlying booze as well.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of tingly carbonation which had a sweet, spice, herbal, and citrusy finish.

D: drank decent and was a good herbal beer that reminds me of a sahti style beer. I didn't know the japanese had it in them.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 08:17:39 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of eric5bellies


4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a glowing almost lava colour with a large off white head that hangs around and laces.

S - Vanilla and citrus are the dominant flavours.

T - Very srupy citrus at the beginning with a boozy middle that ends with an eternally lingering nutmeg and spice finish. Equisite.

M - Fullish body, creamy and medium carbonation.

D - A rally good spiced beer with plenty to offer.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 15:32:22 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of jsh420


3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours cloudy amber copper with a 1+ fizzy finger head that decent retention

smells fruity vanilla with lots of xmas spices - (smells like a SN meets an Anchor Xmas)

taste - the first thing that hits me is the orange peel and coriander then the vanilla and the sweet malts - the the other spices take me long to pick out but they are there

mouthfeel has a medium body with over the top carbonation so much so that the beer seems to dissolve in you mouth

drinkability is so so - the beer is rather pricey (little less the $5 a 12oz) the medium body with the high carbonation makes the beer very filling

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 02:44:10 | More by jsh420
Photo of scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It was a gusher so I poured it into a glass mug. Not surprisingly a towering foamy head with vigorous carbonation at first. A beautiful slightly hazy reddish amber. Mindful of a saison. The head soon settles down to a persistent thin layer. Weak bubby lacing.

Floral smells. Light spicy malts. Big flavour on the first sip. Coriander. Belgian yeasts, a bit of sourness.

Smooth creamy. A very good beer but very hard to place the style. Saison? Triple? Herbed/Spiced? It is not any one, but a good winter warmer nonetheless. A bit sweet and boozy for a session. Just one is plenty.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 04:19:45 | More by scott451
Photo of Lauthaha


4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a beer glass.

Appearance: Pours with a MONDO heavy head (user error) which does not recede very quickly at all. Awesome airy head retention on top of a cloudy burnt sienna or tan liquid base. Very delicate lacing as the head recedes, almost polka-dot fashioned bubbles on the interior of the glass. Head finally settles at about a finger.

Smell: Orange and cinnamon pop out at me. The bottle also boasts additions of nutmeg, coriander and vanilla beans. Can't argue with that, though it takes me a minute to grasp the vanilla.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet, orangey taste right up front. The nutmeg and cinnamon follow, piercing the taste uds with spiced beauty. Medium carbonation allows for full savoring of the many tastes in this brew. I taste very little alcohol in this brew...it's decidedly sneaky and goes down quite easily, leaving a soft layer of creamy, herbal goodness on the palate.

Drinkability: At $5/bottle (330 ml) it's a bit out of my price range...but price not considered, I could easily drink this a few times a week. Would definitely recommend it as a dessert beer. The sweetness is not overwhelming, but doesn't seem to lend itself well to the main course.

Really good brew! My only other Japanese beer experience came from Sapporo (who is to Japan as Budweiser is to the USA, I assume). This was a welcome surprise on an impulse buy! (I liked the owl on the bottle)

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 02:03:06 | More by Lauthaha
Photo of mulder1010


3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Upon opening it started gushing on me. Settled down pretty quick though. Poured a hazy, deep orange color. Early on a lot of visible carbonation. After full pour only a few carbonation bubbles were left. Had a one finger off white head that had a lot of large bubbles in it. Upon swirling the head got compact but went back to big bubbles.

S-- Sweet, candied orange blossom. Little bit of Carmel and bread tones to it. Reminds me more of Belgian styles really with the sweet bread smell.

T-- Lots of orange and cinnamon. Just a little bit of Carmel and bread to finish it off.

M-- Pretty high carbonation and quite fizzy. Orange softens in the mouth and the cinnamon really takes over. Not a hot cinnamon but strong taste. Also sticks around a while after finishing. Feels more like a wheat beer with a lot of cinnamon to me.

D-- Decently hidden ABV. Listed as 8% on the bottle. Pretty easy to drink but for me too much cinnamon. Would have liked to have seen more orange paired with it. Otherwise a very solid spiced beer and one of the better ones out there that can be found on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 12:58:03 | More by mulder1010
Photo of SFLpunk


4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick notes from Tigris Beverage/g.housen Tasting earlier today. 11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. 2009 edition.

Beautiful orange color with off-white low profile head. Nose is slick and sweet smelling. Very floral with notes of pale caramel. Palate is fat but balanced by creamy carbonation. Floral and caramel flavors, a bit boozy, but a long spicy finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 00:30:31 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of armock

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a tan head that leaves some spotty lacing behind

S - Is of Christmas spices and dark fruits

T - Spices are very forward with dark fruit and sweet malt

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - This is an enjoyable interesting beer it has a good taste that pretty easy to drink worth picking up if you see it at the store

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 21:43:27 | More by armock
Photo of carpezytha


4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: Tulip
A: Enormous lumpy head over a very murky cedar-red body. Head disappears leaving almost no lace traces.
S: Damp blanket with a strong sour cherry note and brazil nut. Some dried fig and pear.
T: Sharp crabapple followed by dark German farmer's bread. Some sweet earth. Thoughtfully balanced sour, sweet, malt and funk. Hops just there enough to dovetail behind the more powerful flavors. A complex beer.
M: Moderate carbonation, full body and some heat.
D: Quite quaffable but in small quantities. I would try this well balanaced ale again for certain, but not for a few months.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 22:51:18 | More by carpezytha
Photo of juju7


4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. Sometimes this is what it's about for me - something original, difficult to categorize and stays with you for a while. First of all, yes, 5 for appearance. Hazy ochre orange with a mountainous head that started at about 3 fingers and was still 1 finger at the end of the glass. Brilliant. An eclectic aroma of orange, spice, lemon, coriander, cinnamon and a slight hint of vanilla. Alcohol is well hidden in this bad boy, noticeable but not hot or overpowering. The flavours are again an interesting orgy of witbier, strong ale and American Pale ale. Maybe it doesn't fit perfectly into any particular category according to BJCP, but who really cares. An individual.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 11:15:43 | More by juju7
Photo of Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was lively as soon as I opened it, good thing I had my glass close by.

A- A ton of foam, 4 fingers worth of white spongy head. Retention is good, lacing is minimal. The body is a cloudy apricot.

S- Yeast and spice mainly, there's a bit of zing in here from some citrus. Reminds me of a wit in someways.

T- Christmas spices and orange peel. Booze is noticeable in the finish, but not bad for 8%abv.

M- Not a bad mouthfeel, fairly creamy, medium body and above average carbonation.

D- I wasn't really digging this at the start, but it got better near the end I thought.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 23:32:47 | More by Dawkfan
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy orange with a slight brown tinge to it. Way too much head, this bottle foamed and foamed, it took about 10 minutes to pour a glass.

Citric and somewhat soapy smelling. Yeasty funk. Not much else to say, despite a variety of ingredients.

Sticky sweet, then spicy, then funky, then finishes a little hot. Caramel to vanilla in the sweetness, notable cinnamon in the middle. Flavours are all over the place and don't really seem to work together as much as compete with each other. Not bad, just gives a disorganized impression.

Mouthfeel is sticky and syrupy. Carbonation just barely cuts through, feels a little heavy.

This isn't a bad beer, but it isn't a great beer either. I think it may have come together better with some age, but I'm not enthusiastic about it enough to bother trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 02:03:01 | More by elricorico
Photo of pecokid


3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy orange amber. Smell - I did not pick up much aroma at all with this beer, maybe a little yeast though. Taste - spices come through strong with a solid backbone of orange maltiness. Mouth feel - not cloying and just less than a barley wine. Drinkability - Tasty full bodied brew I would think about buying another. Overall - nice beer with a lot of spice. I don't remember what I paid for it.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 18:43:40 | More by pecokid
Photo of ADZA


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a murky copper hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves a frothy two finger head and sticky lacing everywhere,the aroma is very herbal/spicey/peppery with some orange and vanilla in there aswell,it has a nice full creamy mouthfeel with tastes of spicey orange peels,vanilla and fruitcake laced hops,overall a nice brew that once again for this brewery is different to most other breweries brews and ive gotta say i havnt had a bad brew from this brewery yet even though this brew isnt my favourite from this brewery it is still a top notch brew so if you havnt tried their brews yet and see them i recommend you do.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 13:57:07 | More by ADZA
Photo of Slatetank


3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the 2010 version - served on tap at Brass Rail Deli 1/27/10.

A - A very attractive looking beer with slightly murky amber-banana milkshake appearance w/ whipped up ecru cap which settles to a band. The bead is fine and stringy lace collects

S - Slightly fruity full spicy nose w/ fruit ester of yeast and hint of floral aroma w/ a mild pineapple ester w/ subtle bubblegum aroma

M - a slightly viscous feel- sugary on the palate w/ moderately high effervescent and fruity texture w/ slightly spicy middle and alcohol presence is somewhat high in the finish w/ residual sweetness in the finish

T - The beer tastes like a strong ale in some respects as malt is sweet and has an unripe banana kind of tanginess from the yeast w/ mild peppery spice which hints at coriander w/ a nice tropical fruit element and sweet finish

D - A tasty strong spiced brew. The beer is nice for half the glass, but as it warms seems to become more alcohol influenced and the attenuation isn't there. The yeast notes of pineapple and spice seems to fit sippin' in winter

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2010 17:40:11 | More by Slatetank
Photo of SShelly


3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber/red with a giant poofy cloud for head (very gentle pour after spending a week in the fridge, at least 5" of head that isnt retreating 5 min. later...)

aroma is spice, cinnamon, coriander and a little orange zesty thing (hey just what it says on the bottle!)

Spices are dominant in the flavor, a little fruity with some christmas cheer thrown in for good measure, a little thin in the mouth. some malt can be found behind all the spices and it sits on the pallet a little sweet at the end

not the best kiuchi beer ive ever had, I would want the body and malt to both be bigger to offset the spices, worth trying but wont be looking for it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 01:47:29 | More by SShelly
Photo of Halcyondays


3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy cranberry red with a long-lasting white head, no lace.

S: Spicy fruitcake, vanilla, I'd liken it to a scented holiday candle.

T: Mix of sweet cherries, plums and strawberries. Orange peel is candy like and clear in the flavour. Notes of cinnamon as well, the other spices aren't as clear cut.

M: Smooth and creamy, medium-bodied, not thin at all, pretty long aftertaste.

D: Good winter beer, nice and spicy, would be good on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 05:11:26 | More by Halcyondays
Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.